American MemoryThe National Digital Library Program: Archived Documentation

The Library of Congress / Ameritech National Digital Library Competition (1996-1999)

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University of North Carolina

First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920

Amount of award: $74,782

This compilation of 100 printed texts documents the culture of the nineteenth-century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners; it includes diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives. The focus is on first-person narratives of relatively inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans. The texts will be selected from the Southern Historical Collection and the North Carolina Collection by a committee of scholars and librarians, who will also prepare the descriptive and interpretive information that will provide a context for classroom and research use.

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Image Captions: Frontispiece and Title Page from A Confederate girl's diary. Sarah Morgan Dawson, 1913. (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Academic Affairs Library)